As per various reports, Indian students are planning to protest against conducting of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 in the mid of COVID-19 pandemic. The protests will take place on August 27, 2020, and will be done from the respective homes of the candidates where they will be wearing black masks, raising black flags, and putting black bands on their arms or foreheads. Other than this, the students plan to change the display pics on Social Media accounts as black.
NTA has released JEE Main 2020 admit card as well as NEET 2020 admit card. It paid no heed to thousand and thousands of requests being made on social media. Politicians, activists, artists and educationalists have been demanding a delay in the exam until a safe environment is feasible for exam.
Students are also concern as many centres are 200 – 300 Kms away from their place of residence. Many areas in Bihar are flooded. All this has added to the agitation among the students.
Educationalist and NEET expert like Dr. Amit Gupta have urged taking the NEET exam in phases, which is now being held in one shift and one day. More than 15 lakh candidates are appearing fir NEET 2020.
Today, politician and CM of West Bengal state Mamta Banerjee has suggested that all the state government must come together to raise petition against Supreme Court’s decision on not postponing JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020. Most of the states like Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra agrees on postponing the exam. The Tamil Nadu government has requested the Centre to scrap NEET or at least exempt students from the state from attending that exam if they were held.
Puducherry CM, V Narayanasamy, has quoted that “Conducting of examinations will lead to a rise in a number of COVID-19 cases in the country. Govt of India will be responsible for it. We will jointly fight the battle against the Central government on this issue.”
Taking a look at the other side of the coin, educationalists like IT Delhi director, V Ramgopal Rao, have argued against the postponement saying “further delay in conducting JEE, NEET can have serious repercussions”.
Also, Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama has said “Over 90% of students appeared in Gujarat Common Entrance Exam held recently which shows students want to study. The opposition is not considering the interest of such students. Only a small section of students are opposing”.
As per the current reports, over 4 lakh candidates download the hall tickets in the first 3 hours. Students have also urged each other on social media to not download the admit cards as a sign of protest.
JEE Main 2020 will be held from September 1 to 6, 2020 and NEET on September 13. India is witnessing a daily count of 50,000+ new COVID-19 cases across the nation.